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2017 Volkswagen GTI Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Volkswagen GTI was new.


Interior: 8.4

The 2017 Volkswagen GTI features one of the best overall interiors in the class, with a refined design and quality materials used throughout. There is ample passenger space and the seats are relaxing and ergonomic. Cargo volume is among the highest in the class as well. A standard infotainment system may not be the most impressive visually, but it is easy to learn and use.

  • "The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI's interior is the standard-bearer for the sporty compact car class." -- Edmunds
  • "The VW Golf or (sic) 2016 continues a tradition of having an upscale look to its interior, using high-quality materials, soft-touch surfaces and, on higher trims, piano-black accents." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The interior is similarly restrained, with upright and simple square forms and sensible ergonomics. It gets the expected GTI telltales, including standard plaid seats and the dimpled shift knob, here presented as a golf trophy with the ball resting atop some sort of split tee. The mix and fit of the materials are exemplary." -- Car and Driver (2015)


The GTI seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Heated seats come standard, while leather seats and a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are optional. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, while the second row offers plenty of room all-around for passengers. The GTI is also easy to get in and out of.

There are two complete attachments for the LATCH car seat system in the GTI. The lower tether anchors are easy to find, and it is easy to attach the straps to the anchors. Top tether anchors are located halfway down the backs of the rear outboard seats, and there is a third tether anchor behind the middle headrest.

  • "Passenger space is excellent for this class. Front seats provide ample support and comfort, even during long-distance driving stints, and not at the sacrifice of rear seat passengers, who will have plenty of shoulder room, head- and legroom. Wide, tall doors combined with a moderately high seat make this an easy car to get in and out of, especially for its size." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats are well shaped and provide support to make long journeys less tiring. Rear passenger space is also good for a compact car, especially headroom." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "The cabin has generous shoulder room in both rows." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features include an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a 6.5-inch touch-screen display, smartphone integration, HD Radio, satellite radio, a USB port, and a rearview camera. Optional features include a power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Fender premium audio system, touch-screen navigation, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, proximity key entry, push-button ignition, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, lane departure warning, parking sensors, automatic parking assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

The touch screen in the GTI is small and features unremarkable graphics, but it still functions well and is user-friendly. The inclusion of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay allows for the integration of your apps and other resources from your smartphone. Familiar smartphone gestures like swiping or pinching to zoom on the system's touch-screen display contribute to its usability.

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  • "Buttons and switches are placed close to the driver and offer intuitive, simple control. Every 2017 GTI features a central 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment interface. Autobahn models also include navigation, but with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility across all trims, you really don't need a factory nav system anymore (provided you have a fairly new smartphone in hand). Two smartphones can be paired to Bluetooth at the same time, perfect for long-distance road trips when you have a couple friends who both have fun playing DJ. The touchscreen is small and doesn't have particularly sharp-looking graphics, but it gets the job done and is easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2016 VW Golf's standard audio system includes a 5.8-inch color touch screen with built-in capacitive touch sensor to simulate smartphone technology. The setup allows for gesture control, such as swiping and pinch zooming." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The GTI includes a new 5.8-inch touchscreen, which houses its new infotainment system. In terms of its look and feel, it's among the least-remarkable systems we've tested, employing plain graphics and a thoroughly uninspired black background. But the system does as it's asked, and it does so with minimal lag and frustration. Considering the bulk of maddeningly sophisticated systems we've tested in the recent past, we don't actually mind this sort of functional simplicity." -- Autoblog (2015)


The GTI has 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space in normal configuration, which is expandable to 52.7 cubic feet with the second row folded down. Those volumes are among the highest in the class. A low trunk floor and wide opening make it easy to load your stuff into the GTI’s hatch.

  • "Up to 22.8 cubic feet of cargo can be accommodated behind the rear seats, and folding the seats flat provides an impressive 52.7 cubic feet of space." -- Edmunds
  • "Loading is made easy thanks to a low liftover in the rear hatch. The rear seat has a 60/40-split rear-folding back, expanding the load space to 52.7 cubic feet when lowered. There's plenty of front-seat storage in the center console and door panels." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The trunk opening is wide and low cut, meaning it will be easy to fill the giant hatch with all the stuff, which is why you wanted a hatch to begin with, right?" -- Motor Trend (2015)

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